An English Summary of this Issue
The Center for Islamic Area Studies at Kyoto University (KIAS) is pleased to announce the
publication of the second issue of the second volume of
Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Area Studies
consists of eight parts: a special feature entitled “Islamic Moderate Trends in South Asia”, articles,
research notes, translations, thematic chronologies, book reviews, practical research information, and
IAS activity reports.
The first part is a special feature, “Islamic Moderate Trends in South Asia”, which is based
on the NIHU program “Islamic Area Studies” international workshop which was held at Kyoto
University, Japan on August 19, 2008 under the title “Islamic Moderate Trends in South Asia, from
the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century”. It includes
four articles. Please refer to the editor’s “Introduction” concerning the contents of this special issue.
The next part of this issue consists of six articles. The first article, which is written in English,
is “Rumi’s Philosophy of Love in the Era of U-turned Islam” by Nevad KAHTERAN. The summary
is as follows.
The essential awareness of the spiritual state of today’s world, and of the question of terrorism,
reflects one of the social pathologies of the modern world - a pathology that is accustoming
people to the presence of violence as something quite normal and logical, and where they are
all too familiar with danger and the presence of death.
There is thus a great need for studies
which will stimulate mutual understanding, inter-faith dialogue and multicultural encounters.
Mawlana Jalal al-Din Rumi, who is one of the greatest spiritual and literary figures of all time,
who advocated unlimited tolerance, and for whom love is the most significant conceptual
component in a manner transcending all national, cultural and civilizational boundaries, is
undoubtedly the most suitable figure for this task.
For this reason UNESCO has designated 2007 as the “year of Mawlana” (the 800th anniversary
of Rumi’s birth), taking into account that relations between the West and the Muslim world
have reached their lowest ebb, creating a dangerous gulf which is growing every day. Guided
by the philosophical and mystical concepts of Hazrat Mawlana, in whose thoughts we can
see a common and shared background for all humans, our dialogue would achieve harmony
and unity deeply immersed in the love of and respect for others, whoever they may be. The
following paper is the Bosnian answer and contribution to his “Come, come, come again,
whoever you may be.
..” (during the Ottoman period, the Mawlawi order spread into the
Balkans) in honouring the International year of Mawlana Jalal al-Din Rumi, trying to evaluate
his universalist and inclusivist message, and to offer it as a hopeful alternative to the ignorance